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Oscar PetersonTenderly ... LP
Clef, 1950. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Great early work from Oscar Peterson – recorded during his first few years with Norman Granz, and in an extremely spare style that only features added bass accompaniment on most tracks! The record's virtually a solo session – cut with a style that's got the energy of Bud Powell, mixed with the soul of Art Tatum – but in a fresh mode that would soon have Peterson dominating the way his instrument was handled at the time. Notes ring out with wonderful tones throughout, and titles include "Tenderly", "Oscar's Blues", "Debut", "Where Or When", "Little White Lies", "Two Sleepy People", and "Nameless". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Shawn PhillipsSpaced ... LP
A&M, 1977. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Wonderful! Shawn Phillips started his career as a shaggy folk rocker with a bit of a jazzy twinge – but this album collects odd bits and pieces that were left off of earlier albums, and works perfectly as a record that shows a whole new side of his genius! The album shows Phillips as a master of the funky jazz groove – and although he's still singing on some of the songs, he also lets loose with a number of instrumental cuts, laid out in a tight well-produced mode that puts them up there with some of the best work coming out on labels like Fantasy or Blue Note during the mid 70s. The centerpiece of these is the massive long cut "We Came To Say Goodbye", which builds and builds over the course of 15 minutes, with cool keyboards, great guitar, and the kind of tightly compressed grooves you'd expect to find on a Headhunters album (no surprise, since Headhunters Mike Clark, Bill Summers, and Paul Jackson are on the cut!) Other instrumental tracks include "Prelude To A Leaving" and "Italian Phases" – and strong vocal numbers include "Parisian Plight 1" and "Your Eyes". (Soul, Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Jimmy PonderJump ... CD
Muse, 1989. Used ... $14.99
Surprisingly sweet grooves from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – one of the few from the jazz funk generation who kept on going strong into the 80s! Jimmy's sound here is nicely laidback – a nice change from his smoother albums of a few years before, and set up in an almost-classic sort of mode with John Patton on organ! The sound isn't as hard-wailing as a Blue Note date from the 60s, but it's also pretty good too – nicely chromatic, and really showing the change in Ponder's approach to the guitar over the years – informed with a bit of Wes Montgomery phrasing, but still grooving overall. Patton's organ is never too dynamic, but always nice –a nd other players include James Anderson on tenor, Geary Moore on rhythm guitar, Eddie Gladden on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion. Titles include "I'll Always Be There", "Jump", "In A Mellow Tone", "When Love Comes My Way", and "Blues For Betty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bud PowellStrictly Powell ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good- ... $34.99
Strictly Bud Powell, in the best sense of the word – as the album's a sharp batch of trio tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s, and a great showcase for Bud's firey talents on the piano! The rhythm combo features bold work on drums from Art Taylor, alongside the bass of George Duvivier – but Powell's definitely the leading light here, as the album features some of his tremendously deft work on the keys throughout. There's a nice tension to the material – played with a strength that matches most of Bud's other work from the time – but a bit different than some of his other recordings for Verve and Blue Note. The set features 11 tracks in all – and titles include "Time Was", "Jump City", "Elegy", "Coscrane", and "Topsy Turvy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some masking tape on the top & bottom seam, wear and peeling in one corner.)

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Andre Previn & Russ FreemanDouble Play! ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A goofy title and cover – but a really unique session of two-piano jazz, recorded with Russ Freeman and Andre Previn on the keys, plus only the drums of Shelly Manne to provide additional support! The sound is really great – and Previn's especially wonderful here, really stretching out to meet the harder style of Freeman. Both players also seem really inspired by Manne's drum work – and in a way, it almost feels like Shelly's directing the piano from the drum kit, especially on the more uptempo numbers. The notes do a very detailed job of breaking down the piano work, so that you can figure out who's soloing when – and titles include "Who's On First", "In The Cellar Blues", "Called On Account Of Rain", "Fungo", "Safe At Home", and "Double Play". Baseball, anyone? LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original mono pressing with deep groove. Cover is nice and crisp!)

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Dudu PukwanaNight Time Is The Right Time – 60s Soho Sounds ... CD
Cadillac (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $14.99
A completely unique slide of work from Dudu Pukwana – a side of the reedman you may never have heard before! Dudu's best known for his work in the Blue Notes – that legendary avant assemblage of South African players – and although he's also recorded in other creative settings, this may well be the first time we've heard him on a soul jazz session – burning brightly with some killer Hammond from organist Bob Stuckey! The combo's tight and right on the money – grooving live at Ronnie Scotts with the feel of some Prestige Records sax/organ group of the mid 60s – a real change for Dudu, but one we really love! Pukwana still puts in lots of unusual edges in his music – some odd tones and unusual shifts that really keep things interesting – especially giving the group's use of mostly original compositions, most by Dudu! Titles include "Jauana's Dream", "Messengers", "Kicks For Sale", "B My Dear", "Moonshine", "Kippie", and "Blessing Light". Plus, the CD features 5 more tracks by a trio that features Stuckey on Hammond and Terry Smith on guitar – "I Feel Pretty", "All Of You", "When I Grow Too Old To Dream", "Bob's Hop", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". CD

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QuartabeLicao #1 – Moacir ... CD
Tratore (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool Brazilian combo – one who offer up some wonderfully fresh interpretations of work by the great Moacir Santos! Santos is one of our favorite Brazilian talents from the 60s and 70s – an artist who really broke free of basic bossa conventions, and instead created complicated rhythmic patterns that still allow for lots of melodic improvisation – in ways that showed strongly on both Santos' and Horace Silver's Blue Note recordings of the early 70s! The vibe here is a bit like those – smaller combo instrumentation, with a definite current of jazz – but also instrumental currents of choro at times too, especially given the great use of reeds. The group features tenor, keyboards, and clarinet over some very lively rhythms – and titles include the Santos numbers "Odudua", "Coisa #3", "Rota", "Suk Cha", "Coisa #8", "Nana/Coisa #5", and "Felipe" – plus the group's originals "Moacirsantosiana #10" and "Nana Nene". (Brazil, Jazz) CD

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Quartetto ModernoEcco! ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is extremely captivating, and the main frontline of vibes and piano is augmented on a number of tracks by flute and alto. The set's got a great cover of Paul Horn's lost modal groover "Mr. Bond", plus loads of great originals, like "Giovani D'Oggi", "Il Gioco Delle Parti", "Astro Gange", and "Moderns Dilemma". Very nice stuff, and with a sound and feel that's far more sophisticated than some of the other titles on Schema! CD

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Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown ... LP
Nilva, 1985. Very Good- ... $4.99
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls earlier brilliance on labels like Blue Note or Prestige! Queen's at the head of the group on drums – pushing the lineup with Blakey-like intensity, yet in a slightly looser, more open feel overall – especially when it comes to the structure of the solos. Players include Manny Boyd on saxes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, John Hicks on piano, and Ray Drummond on bass – the last of whom produced the record with a very jazz-sensitive ear! Titles include "Hassan", "Europia", "Jammin Uptown", "After Liberation", and "Mind Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy ReeceManhattan Project ... LP
Beehive, 1978. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Excellent later work from trumpeter Dizzy Reece – best known for his classic late 50s sides on Blue Note and New Jazz, but heard here as part of a great flurry of 70s revival sessions! The work's got an arch modern tone that's really surprising – almost a bit like Ted Curson at times, which is no surprise, since he and Reece were playing together a bit in the late 70s. Tracks have a nice "statement" quality – played by a bold group that includes Clifford Jordan, Charles Davis, Albert Dailey, and Roy Haynes – tight in formation on the themes, but breaking loose with some great work on the solos. Titles include "Con Man", "Manhattan Walk", "Yule On The Hudson", and "One For Trane". LP, Vinyl record album

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Resolution 88Afterglow ... CD
Splash Blue (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99
Man, these guys are totally great – one of the few contemporary combos who can so perfectly get the sound of the most soulful fusion of the 70s – instantly taking us back to the generation of The Crusaders with their wonderful music on the set! We loved Resolution 88 the last time around, but dig them even more here – as they've got this tight, confident approach that comes through immediately – like that moment when so many older skilled jazz musicians on the west coast found their way into LA studios, and started to craft grooves that were sharp, but never slick – still filled with lots of lively instrumentation and imagination, while also digging up plenty of soul in the rhythms too! This isn't a smooth jazz set at all – nor is it just throwaway electric fusion – and instead, these guys come right down on the money, right from the very first note – with instrumentation that includes Rhodes and other keyboards from Tom O'Grady, tenor and alto from Alex Hitchcock, drums from Rick Elsworth, and bass from Tiago Coimbra – whose work really ties the whole thing together. Titles include "Takin Off", "Homing In", "Banana Skin Central", "Moonflower", "Raios Do Sol", "Afterglow (parts 1 & 2)", and "Changing Times (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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✨✧ Rias Big BandBlue Highways – Music Of Paul Ferguson ... CD
Azica, 1996. Used ... $2.99
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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Dannie RichmondOde To Mingus ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A great ode to Dannie Richmond's longtime musical partner Charles Mingus – who'd passed shortly before this session – done with styles and sounds that are quite different than some of Richmond's other work! The album's got a definite blue tone – Richmond really feeling Mingus' loss, and not yet beginning to replicate his styles that much – and the album's long title track features a very drawn-out bass part by Mike Richmond – played almost as a funeral dirge to Mingus, which is then built up by the tenor sax of Bill Saxton and piano of Danny Mixon. Other tracks are shorter, and almost have a sonically poetic feel – with loads of complicated percussion work from Dannie – and titles include "Ode To Mingus", "Olduvai George", "Drum Some Some Drum", and "Love Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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Max RoachIn The Light ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Max Roach continues the fine line of work with his fresh-voiced quartet of the early 80s – a very hip group that features a young Odeon Pope on tenor, plus Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and Calvin Hill on bass! The work's similar to Roach's quartet sessions of the late 70s, although perhaps a bit more introspective – not as bouncing and joyous as when Billy Harper was with the group, but still freshly modern, and a good indication that Max continued to grow strongly as a player during the time – never content to just rest on his good name from the old days, and always forging forward into fresh jazz territory. Titles include "In The Light", "Good Bait", "Tricotism", "Henry Street Blues", and "Ruby My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Max RoachKarbouda (aka Again, aka Mop Mop) ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1960/1961. Used ... $4.99
Some of the hippest Max Roach work of the 60s – issued here professionally for the first time in years! The first tracks in the set are from a concert in Paris, with Max's group that included Tommy & Stanley Turrentine, as well as Julian Priester. The tracks are long and open-ended – with an approach that you wouldn't find on the group's Mercury sides from the time – and two Roach originals in particular – "Kardouba" and "Stop Motion" – are especially great, and have the Turrentines stretching out in a soul jazz searching mode that's quite different than their Blue Note work. This approach is continued strongly in the set – which features Clifford Jordan on tenor, Coleridge Parkinson on piano, and Abbey Lincoln on some vocals – all recorded at an unknown location in 1961. Again, the Roach originals – especially "This Night Mountain" and "Ceciliana" – are the tunes to watch – but there's also some great other work, including "Jordu", "Who Will Buy", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bud ShankBud Shank – Shorty Rogers/Bill Perkins ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1955. Poor ... $1.99
A west coast classic – featuring some of Bud Shank's best small group work of the mid 50s! The album has Shank playing in two different groups, one with Shorty Rogers on trumpet, one with the great Bill Perkins on tenor – and we'll be honest in saying that Perkins' tone is incredible, a perfect match for Shank's well-honed sound of the time – blown with a nice edge that really deepens the sound of the record – a slight sense of soul that goes past traditional west coast modes, and really fits Shank's sometimes-edgey playing. Rogers is still pretty great too – and the casual setting of the album is a refreshing change from some of his more over-arranged work for other labels at the time! Titles include "Casa De Luz", "Jasmine", "Left Bank", "Paradise", "Fluted Columns", and "Royal Garden Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl is in POOR condition. Cover is essentially the front & back panel taped together at the seams, with discoloration from age, and light stains.)

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Brian AugerBack To The Beginning Again – A Brian Auger Anthology Vol 2 ... LP
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... About September 30, 2016 (delayed)
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong tie to the soul jazz sound of the early 60s, which then transforms into some excellent 70s groovers as the set moves in – work that's every bit as tremendous as the tunes that start out the set. Even if you've got some of Auger's albums in your collection, there's way more to discover here – and the set has a brilliant focus on the deepest, most soulful side of his music! Titles include "In & Out", "Love For Sale", "Pavane", "Maiden Voyage", "Black Octopus", "Ella", "Inner City Blues", "Brain Damage", "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend", "Funky Mama", "Moanin", "Straight Ahead", "Work Song", "Poinciana", and "Lament For Miss Baker". Even features notes on the music by Auger himself! LP, Vinyl record album

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Till BronnerChattin With Chet ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... About November 23, 2016
Very cool stuff from this modern German trumpeter! Til's got a style that mixes older influences with modern production – in a manner that reminds us of the work of some of the new French artists on Blue Note, like Eric Truffaz or St Germain. But in Til's case, the influence is also one of Chet Baker – as you'll hear in Bronner's horn and vocals – which is filtered through some warm soulful production that has a wonderfully smooth R&B vibe. The result is a captivating record that's appealing to fans of jazzy R&B, vocal jazz, modern smooth jazz, and retro funky jazz. Great stuff – and it's good to see the European jazz underground developing further and further. Titles include "She Was Too Good To Me", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Have You Met Chet?", "Tell Me", "Not Like This", and a hip hop version of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" – but the real standout cut is the album's wonderful version of "Everything Happens To Me", done as a jazzy drum n bass track, and totally worth the price of the CD! (Neo Soul, Jazz) CD

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Tina BrooksBack To The Tracks (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... About December 14, 2016
One of those rare Blue Note sessions from tenorist Tina Brooks – originally recorded for the label in 1960, but never issued at the time – yet easily on a par with their more famous work of the period! Brooks' horn has a nice hard edge here – that sharp-edged modernism you'd hear with Jackie McLean, who makes a key appearance here on the album's famous "Street Singer" track. Jackie's not on the rest of the record, but that's fine with us – because other players are all equally great, and include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Apart from "Street Singer", other titles include "The Ruby & The Pearl", "Back To The Tracks", "For Heaven's Sake", and "The Blues & I". Includes the bonus tracks "Melonae's Dance" & "Medina". CD
Also available Back To The Tracks ... CD 12.99

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Donald ByrdFuego ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... About December 15, 2016
One of Donald Byrd's first albums on Blue Note – tight, soulful, and a firm statement of hardbop truth – a record that showed that Byrd was firmly on the map! The ensemble features Jackie McLean on alto, and the rhythm section includes Duke Pearson, Doug Watkins, and Lex Humphries – all of whom bring in a sense of lyrical interplay that really shows off a newer side of Byrd's trumpet that didn't emerge in earlier 50s recordings – one that opens up in the individuality of the Blue Note mode, and shakes off some of the more academic trappings of his early work with Gigi Gryce. All tunes are proud originals by Byrd himself – written with a real sense of color, tone, and timing – and titles include "Bup A Loup", "Funky Mama", "Lament", and "Amen". CD
Also available Fuego ... LP 24.99

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